The majority of claims for criminal injury compensation proceed through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), which is a government agency (part of the Ministry of Justice) who deal with compensation claims on behalf of people who have been physically or psychologically injured following a crime of violence in England, Scotland or Wales. Alternatively, in the right circumstances, a claim could be made through the civil courts.

The types of criminal injury for which compensation can be claimed is wide, ranging from general injury caused following an attack, rape / sexual abuse, fatal injury, etc. In short, any act of criminal violence could lead to an entitlement to an award for compensation, even if the person who caused the injury was never caught or convicted.

In addition to helping pursue your claim for compensation, we will also be able to assist and advise on any care, treatment and support needs you have.

Ashtons Legal offer a free initial, no obligation, consultation. We also offer a nationwide service and are able to offer “no win, no fee” funding arrangements in most cases.

Contact our criminal injury solicitors

We represent clients nationwide seeking criminal injury compensation, so if you believe you have grounds for a claim, please get in touch today and we will be happy to advise you.

To arrange a free, no obligation initial consultation with our specialist criminal injury lawyers, you can:

  • Give us a call on 0330 404 3277
  • Fill in our simple online enquiry form and we will be in touch shortly

Our criminal injury claims expertise

Our criminal injury specialists can help you claim compensation in a range of circumstances, including where you have suffered:

  • Physical injury
  • Mental distress (whether as the victim of crime or witnessing a crime)
  • Sexual abuse
  • The death of a loved one

Why choose Ashtons Legal for your criminal injury claim?

Ashtons Legal is recognised as one of the leading UK firms specialising in personal injury claims.

Our Personal Injury team is ranked Tier 1 by The Legal 500 for East Anglia and have the top Band 1 ranking from Chambers & Partners. We are also accredited by The Law Society as specialists in personal injury law.

We have secured millions of pounds in compensation for our clients with a strong focus on providing them with empathetic and personal support and a legal service which is second to none, throughout the entire claims process and beyond. It is all about YOU.

You can find out more about our team’s expertise on our main Personal Injury Claims page.

A step-by-step guide to claiming criminal injury compensation

Finding out if you are owed criminal injury compensation

If you suffered harm as a result of a violent crime, you will likely be owed compensation. Key points to consider are:

  • You must have reported the crime to the police in order to be able to claim
  • There are strict time limits to claim, so it is important not to delay or you may lose the right to compensation (see ‘Understanding time limits for criminal injury claims’ for further details)
  • You can still potentially make a claim if the person responsible for your injuries is not convicted of a crime
  • You might be able to claim even if the person responsible for your injuries is not identified (although you will need evidence that the crime took place)
  • You may not be able to claim criminal injury compensation if you have unspent criminal convictions (see ‘Claiming criminal injury compensation if you have a criminal record’ for further details)

If you have any concerns about your right to claim criminal injury compensation, our team will be happy to answer your questions during your free, no obligation initial consultation.

Understanding time limits for criminal injury claims

When thinking about claiming compensation for criminal injuries, it is important to make sure you do not wait too long and miss the chance to claim. Please keep in mind the following:

  • You will normally need to make a claim within two years of the injury occurring
  • If you are claiming for physical or sexual abuse that occurred during childhood, you may have longer to claim
  • If you could not make a claim sooner as a result of your physical or mental health, you may have longer to claim
  • Time limits for criminal injury claims can be complicated to understand, so while we recommend speaking to our team as soon as possible after your injury occurs, we are also happy to hear from you no matter how long ago a crime occurred as we may still be able to help

Our advice is not to delay and to contact us as soon as possible.

Claiming criminal injury compensation if you have a criminal record

If you have any unspent criminal convictions this may stop you from claiming criminal injury compensation or see the amount you can claim reduced, depending on the circumstances.

You will generally be unable to claim criminal injury compensation if you have unspent convictions with any of the following penalties:

  • A community order
  • A youth rehabilitation order
  • A custodial sentence
  • A sentence excluded from rehabilitation
  • A sentence of service detention (under the Armed Forces Act 2006)
  • Removal from Her Majesty’s service
  • A sentence equivalent to points 1-6 in Northern Ireland, an EU member state or country outside the EU where the sentence was properly imposed

We would still advise you to contact us for more specific advice on your circumstances.

Making a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is a government-funded scheme to compensate people who have suffered physical or mental harm as a result of being an innocent victim of violent crime.

You can make an application to the scheme without a legal representative but working with specialists experienced in criminal injury claims can help to ensure all of the correct evidence is presented in the right way, boosting your chances of a successful claim and ensuring the right level of compensation.

The CICA compensation scheme is intended to be a “last resort” and you are expected to pursue other options for securing compensation (such as making a civil claim) before applying to the scheme. We will advise you on the best way to proceed.

It typically takes up to a year to get a decision and receive compensation from the CICA.

Making a criminal injury claim through the civil courts

You may need to attempt to recover compensation through the civil courts before you can apply to the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority.

Our criminal injury specialists will guide you through every stage of making a claim via the civil courts, keeping the process as simple and stress-free as possible for you, while giving you the best chance of securing the compensation you deserve.

We will help you to prepare your case and ensure you have the best possible representation for any hearings. We will also be by your side and there to support you.

Managing your criminal injury compensation

Depending on the amount of compensation you receive and the extent of your ongoing care needs, it may be necessary to put in place plans for how your compensation and care will be managed long-term. Our team can assist with this, including advising on how best to protect your position, for example by way of a Personal Injury Trust.

Contact our criminal injury specialists

We represent clients nationwide seeking criminal injury compensation, so if you believe you have grounds for a claim, please get in touch today and we will be happy to advise you.

To arrange a free, no obligation initial consultation with our criminal injury specialists, you can:

  • Give us a call on 0330 404 3277
  • Fill in our simple online enquiry form and we will be in touch shortly


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